Taking the Temple of Apollo at Bassae in Greece as their point of departure, here John Henderson and the National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated author of Confronting the Classics and SPQR consider what our study of the ancient world's myths, literature, and architecture says about us, stressing the ever-changing nature of what we have dubbed "the classics" and the continuing importance of this discipline. Along with 60 images—including photographs, period art, cartoons, and film stills—this thought-provoking guide also features a timeline and an extensive list of suggestions for further reading.
"The authors show us that Classics is a 'modern' and sexy subject. They succeed brilliantly in this regard.... [No one] could fail to be informed and entertained—and the accent of the book is provocative and stimulating."—Times Literary Supplement